IHPI Research Seminar Series "People, Place, and Public Health: Reflections from Detroit"

Fri, February 17, 2017 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Event Details


Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., D.Phil.
Executive Director, Detroit Health Department
Health Officer, City of Detroit


North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
Building 10, Research Auditorium

Event Contact


The IHPI Research Seminar Series is a lecture-based program designed to share innovative health services research topics, studies, and programs, with clinicians, faculty, research staff, and students from a variety of disciplines.

Refreshments served.

To record CME activity, visit www.umhscme.com using the following program ID: IHPI Research Seminar Series - 05182 

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Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a public health physician and epidemiologist. He serves the City of Detroit under Mayor Michael E. Duggan as Health Officer and Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department.

Appointed in August of 2015, Dr. El-Sayed is responsible for rebuilding the City’s Health Department after it was privatized in 2012 during Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy. In his first year at the helm, the Detroit Health Department more than doubled in size; City support for public health increased five-fold; and the Department organized public health services by life stage. The Department has emerged as a state and national leader in public health innovation, environmental justice, and lead elimination, earning Director’s Award recognition from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services in 2016 for its work screening water in Detroit schools for lead. At the Department, Dr. El-Sayed is leading major initiatives to reduce infant mortality, to promote vision access, and to integrate early childhood services. During his tenure, the Department has attracted funding from the McGregor Foundation, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, the National Association of City & County Health Officials, the Michigan Public Health Institute, and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

In his role as Detroit’s top health official, Dr. El-Sayed also serves on several public health boards, including the Governor’s Childhood Lead Elimination Board, created in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis, as well as the Advisory Committee to the US Secretary of Health & Human Services to elucidate forthcoming Healthy People 2030 objectives.

Dr. El-Sayed is an internationally recognized expert in health policy, the social determinants of health, and health inequalities. Previously, he was assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University, where he directed the Columbia University Systems Science Program and Global Research Analytics for Population Health. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, commentaries, book chapters, and abstracts in journals including JAMA, the American Journal of Public Health, and Pediatrics. He is a frequent featured speaker at national and international conferences. Dr. El-Sayed’s writing on urban health policy has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Al-Jazeera, and The Hill. In addition he has appeared as an expert commentator on local, national, and international news networks. He is the recipient of numerous policy, research, and civic awards, including being named a Policy Innovator by the Carnegie Council; 2016 Public Official of the Year by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters; and 40 under 40 by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Dr. El-Sayed earned a doctorate in Public Health from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and his medical degree from Columbia University as a Soros Fellow. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan with Highest Distinction in Biology and Political Science, where he delivered the University-wide student commencement speech alongside President Bill Clinton.

Directions & Map

NCRC guests should enter through the Building 16, 18, or 28 visitor entrances.

Parking & Transportation
Parking Map
Blue, yellow, and LIMITED paid visitor parking available.

North-East Shuttle Route Map and Schedule
Stops outside NCRC Building 18